First Generation CR-V (1997 – 2001)
In this video Greg reviews the first generation Honda CR-V which ran between the years 1997-2001. The CR-V is on the Your Car Angel Halo List which are the best used cars that can be bought. This car review highlights the key features as well as the pros and cons. Greg also talks about the best years for this generation of CRV’s.
The First Generation CR-V design spanned from 1997 to 2001. The engine for the original CR-V was the 2.0 L B20B producing 126 hp and 133 lb of torque. Outer dimensions for this engine would be identical to the 1.8L Integra engine, but internally the engine was bored out to add the extra displacement needed to produce torque for the mini-ute. The engine utilized a one-piece cylinder sleeve construction unique from any other B-series engine. Body was a unibody design with a 4-wheel double wishbone suspension. Inside, the rear seats were able to fold down, and a picnic table was stowed in the rear floor area. A common external trait that was visible with this generation was plastic cladding covering the front bumper, rear bumper, and fender wells. In most countries, CR-Vs had a chrome grille, but the US model lacked this. A major difference between the LX and EX trims was that the EX had anti-lock brakes and the LX trim did not. Other features of the EX was the addition of the sunroof. The CR-V came with a venerable AWD system as an option.
Standard Engine 2.0L I4 Standard Transmission 5 Speed Manual/ 4 speed Auto Cylinders 4 Horsepower @RPM 146@6200 Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy 22/25 EPA Class 2wd/4wd SUV Number of Valves 16 Fuel Type System Gas Engine / Multi-Port Fuel Injected Turbo (Yes/No) No Overdrive Transmission Yes Compression 9.6:1 Displacement 1973/120 Bore X Stroke 3.31×3.50 Final Drive Ratio No Valves Configuration Dual Overhead Cam/Twin Overhead Cam Timing Belt Yes
Capacity and Volume
Fuel Capacity 15.3 Passenger Volume (EPA) N/A Passenger Volume (MFR) 98.0 cu. ft. Box/Cargo Height 36.8 Box/Cargo Length 25.0 Box/Cargo Width (Wheel) 32.3 Box/Cargo Width (Wall) 52.8
Brakes, Steering, Suspension and Tires
Brakes (Front) Disc Brakes (Rear) Drum Driveline Four Wheel Drive . Full Time Steering Rack & Pinion Steering Diameter Left 34.8 Steering Diameter Right 34.8 Suspension (Front) Independent Suspension (Rear) Independent Tire Type Passenger Tire Width 205 mm. Tire Aspect Ratio 70 Tire Construction Radial Tire wheel Diameter 15 in.